Sakandar Rauf

Postdoctoral Research Fellows
"Currently a Scientist at KAUST, Saudi Arabia"


​Dr. Sakandar Rauf received his PhD from University of Glasgow, U.K. in 2010. . He obtained MPhil degree in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise from University of Cambridge, U.K. in 2005 and MPhil in Biotechnology from National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Pakistan in 2004. He received his MSc degree in Physical Chemistry from Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan in 2001.


From 2010-2014, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), University of Queensland. He received Cambridge Commonwealth & DFID shared Scholarship from University of Cambridge, Dorothy Hodgkin's Postgraduate Award for his PhD studies from University of Glasgow and UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from University of Queensland, Australia.


He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Photonics lab in the Division of Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (CEMSE) at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST).

Research Interests

​Gallium Nitride Based Biosensors

Selected Publications

  • S. Rauf, M.J.A. Shiddiky and M. Trau, Electro hydro dynamic removal of non-specific colloidal absorption at electrode interfaces, Chemical Communication, 2014, 50, 4813-4815.
  • E.J.H. Wee, S. Rauf, M.J.A. Shiddiky, A. Dobrovic and M. Trau, DNA ligase-based strategy for quantifying heterogeneous DNA methylation without sequencing, Clinical Chemistry, 2014, DOI: 10.1373/clinchem.2014.227546.
  • Y. Wang, S. Rauf, Y. Grewal, S. Lauren, M.J.A. Shiddiky, G. Cangelosi, S. Schlücker and M. Trau, Duplex microfluid SERS detection of pathogen antigens with nano-yeast single-chain variable fragments. Analytical Chemistry, 2014, 86(19), 9930-9938.
  • S. Rauf, M.J.A. Shiddiky, M. Trau and K. Dimitrov, "Drill and fill" lithography: fabrication of platinum electrodes and their use in label-free immunosensing, RSC Advances, 2013, 3, 4189-4192.
  • S. Rauf, M.J.A. Shiddiky and M. Trau, "Drill and fill" lithography for controlled fabrication of 3D platinum electrode, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2013, 185, 543-547.
  • E.J.H. Wee*, S. Rauf*, K.M. Koo, M.J.A.  Shiddiky and M. Trau, μeLCR: A micro fabricated devic for electro chemical detection of DNA base changes in breast cancer cell lines, Lab Chip, 2013, 13, 4385-4391. *authors contributed equally.
  •  S. Rauf, M.J.A. Shiddiky, A. Asthana and K. Dimitrov, Fabrication and characterization of gold nano hole electrode arrays, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2012, 173, 491-496.
  • S. Rauf, A. Glidle and J.M. Cooper, Layer-by-layer quantum dots constructs using self-assembly methods, Langmuir, 2010, 26, 16934-16940.
  • S. Rauf, A.Glidle and J.M. Cooper, Application of quantum dot barcodes prepared using biological self-assembly to multiplexed immunoassays, Chemical Communications, 2010, 46, 2814-2816.
  • S. Rauf, A. Glidle and J.M. Cooper, Production of quantum dot barcodes using biological self-assembly, Advanced Materials, 2009, 21 (40), 4020-4024.
  • S. Rauf, H. Nawaz, K. Aktar, M.A. Ghauri and A.M. Khalid, Studies on sildenafil citrate (Viagra) interaction with DNA using electrochemical DNA biosensor, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2007, 22 (11), 2471-2477.
  • S. Rauf, D. Zhou, C. Abell, D. Klenerman and D.J. Kang, Building three-dimensional nanostructures with active enzymes by surface template layer-by-layer assembly, Chemical Communications, 2006, 16, 1721-1723.
  • S. Rauf, J.J. Gooding, K. Akhtar, M.A. Ghauri, M. Rahman, M.A. Anwar and A.M. Khalid, Electrochemical approach of anticancer drugs-DNA interaction, (Review article) Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, 2005, 37 (2), 205-217.


  • ​2010- PhD, University of Glasgow, U.K​
  • 2005- MPhil Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise, University of Cambridge, U.K
  • 2004- MPhil Biotechnology, National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Pakistan
  • 2001- MSc Physical Chemistry, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Professional Profile

  • ​2010-2013 UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2013-2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Member of Cambridge Commonwealth Society


  • ​2010-2013 UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2006-2010 Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DPHA), Research Counsils U.K. University of Glasgow, U.K
  • 2006- Best Research Paper Award 2006, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC).
  • 2004-2005 Cambridge Commonwealth & DFID shared Scholarship, University of Cambridge, U.K

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (CEMSE) Division